A new poll from Quinnipiac University suggests that a majority of Americans believe that President Donald Trump should be investigated by Congress over the bevy of sexual harassment allegations he has faced in the past.
70% of Americans are reportedly in favor of an investigation of the President, while 25% believe that is not necessary. The breakdown of that statistic along party lines is somewhat unsurprising: 86% of Democrats would be in favor of an investigation; only 39% of Republicans would be interested in such an inquiry. Indepedents were more evenly divided: 66% of them wanted the situation looked in to. 94% of Democrats, 46% of Republicans and 71% of Independents found it hypocrtical of the President to be criticizing other men accused of harassment.
The poll also revealed a handful of other shocking statistics: 17 percent of men and 47 percent of women say they have been a victim of sexual assault.
"The number is staggering: Almost half of American women say they've been sexually assaulted," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "And most Americans give most institutions failing grades for how they deal with sexual assault and sexual harassment within their ranks."
"But there is a ray of sunshine here. Most Americans believe that shining a light on the problem, rather than sweeping it under the rug, will help make us a better people," Malloy added, noting the high approval ratings that citizens gave to the relatively media's handling of the situation (which hovered around 45%).
"The message to President Donald Trump on calling out offenders: People who live in glass houses, even if it's the White House, shouldn't point fingers," Malloy said.
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